When it comes to Cadillac, the letter “V’ should be the first thing that comes to mind. “V” for victory of course as the V series option was known for power!
No history lesson needed here, but when the original CTS-V came out, it was all the rage. With a four-seat sedan powered with a Corvette V8 engine, people came out of the woodwork for the $80,000-plus machine. Now with the CT5-V series, we notice a smaller, yet economical, twin turbo 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine capable of performing well. With this, consumers get the same great accoutrement the “V” offered in its day, but for a smaller sticker price.
On the familiar CT5 frame, but with a $2,000 optional all-wheel drive, we noticed limited body roll and a tightened suspension. In addition, we were blessed with the ever-popular Platinum and Premium Package, which included a monster sunroof, semi-aniline leather seats, navigation, Bose stereo and technology upgrades as well as a really fun lighting package. This combined for $11,580.
In the powertrain, the previously mentioned 3.0 liter twin-turbo engine offered 360 horsepower and 405 lb.-ft. of torque, which was healthy and quick on its feet. Driving the CT5-V was fun and for the driver, really spacious. Paddle shifters, center console controls for the infotainment system and all the security and safety features you can endure were just a few of my favorite items in the CT5-V series.
Exterior additions to the already sight-line correct CT5 -V series were 19” alloy pearl nickel finish wheels with summer run-flat tires, Brembo front brakes, performance mesh grilles, a nicely sculpted real spoiler, quad exhaust tips and my favorite Chevrolet product, magnetic ride control.
We had to reach out to our Cadillac guru, Jared Brantley, top salesperson and three-time consecutive Cadillac Crest Club member, for his comment. “The CT5-V series is a gem for the consumer looking for the quality of the original CT5 with a splash of the original V, but for a price point affordable in today’s upscale midsize sedan market.”
Last year, we tested the CT5 for its sedan quality and overall value in the market. I really enjoyed the ride and its overall worthiness. But for this year’s 2021 CT5-V series Satin Steel metallic tester, all the hype is back and the V-series is not only a great option, but it’s certainly easy to impress your neighbors with the great V name.
As tested: $65,445
MPG: 18 city / 26 highway / 21.4 as tested
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